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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 02:54
Beesbeib wrote:
Hi guys,

This might help to take the tension off the interview invites going out tomorrow (all the best guys!). i took my GMAT last month and i got a border score of 700 however i gawked my IR section and got a measly score of 3 (25th percentile), is this enough reason to retake the GMAT? i know a lot of schools have indicated that they wont be taking a very critical look at IR this year but i'm slightly worried this might have a negative impact. What do you think?


To some extent, you answer your own question. Most schools aren't looking at IR this year until a better, more standardized curve is established. Will having a 3 affect you? Mostly not, but its there on your score report so the adcom can read it. Having said that, the adcom also realizes that this is a new questions type and hence you may not be prepared enough.

To address this, they would re inforce their belief by looking at your quant score, which to be honest is OK - if it was 50/51, it would have done you much better especially in this context. Overall, Harvard (you are posting on this thread so I am assuming your interest in applying) has an average GMAT score of 730. So across two main factors: 'lower' quant - its not low at all otherwise, but if someone were to look at IR score and then this, it doesn't help, and 2) a GMAT score lower than Harvard's GMAT - you may wish to reconsider taking the exam anyways.

However, please take this with a pinch of salt - a 700 is a good score any day, and you should go ahead and apply if you feel this adequately demonstrates your academic potential. After all, you have those 800 words and your resume to impress the adcom with as well :)

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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 03:00
Today 5 minutes are feeling like 5 hours... Is it just me??
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 04:03
taksi wrote:
Today 5 minutes are feeling like 5 hours... Is it just me??


Same thing here.

Being based in Europe 6 hours ahead of Boston, I will only know if I get an invite tomorrow at around 6pm local time... It makes it for a really long day tomorrow!

Fingers crossed! and good luck everyone!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 04:12
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taksi wrote:
Today 5 minutes are feeling like 5 hours... Is it just me??


Same thing here.

Being based in Europe 6 hours ahead of Boston, I will only know if I get an invite tomorrow at around 6pm local time... It makes it for a really long day tomorrow!

Fingers crossed! and good luck everyone!


For us in India, 12 PM in Boston is 9:30 PM! I can't even imagine the anxiousness of Japanese applicants! :)

All the best to everyone. It will be a dream come true to write 'Invited' on this wall tomorrow!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 04:17
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taksi wrote:
Today 5 minutes are feeling like 5 hours... Is it just me??


Same thing here.

Being based in Europe 6 hours ahead of Boston, I will only know if I get an invite tomorrow at around 6pm local time... It makes it for a really long day tomorrow!

Fingers crossed! and good luck everyone!


For us in India, 12 PM in Boston is 9:30 PM! I can't even imagine the anxiousness of Japanese applicants! :)

All the best to everyone. It will be a dream come true to write 'Invited' on this wall tomorrow!


I am in WAT... I will know at 5PM.... Just about the right time to rush into a bar and drown my sorrows....(OR..)
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 04:37
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Today 5 minutes are feeling like 5 hours... Is it just me??


don't worry, this is 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain...
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 04:55
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taksi wrote:
Today 5 minutes are feeling like 5 hours... Is it just me??


don't worry, this is 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain...



Haha.. Same boat here - It will be an anxious next 24+ hours...
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 06:52
I agree that there`s a lot of anxiety, but imagine the people who get waitlisted from R1 to May. There were a few dozen last year if I remember correctly no? Now that`s a lot worse!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 07:41
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I agree that there`s a lot of anxiety, but imagine the people who get waitlisted from R1 to May. There were a few dozen last year if I remember correctly no? Now that`s a lot worse!

I agree. However, a counter argument is that these people would obviously have applied to other schools, or will do so in Rd 2. Being waitlisted at HBS is a great indicator of your caliber, so I am sure they would have made it to another top choice eg: Wharton, Kellogg etc. by May. And if HBS finally admits them, I am sure people will be more than happy to forego the $2000 deposit to the other school.

This affected a friend - he got into Indian School of Business, but was waitlisted at Tuck. When HBS released a few people off its waitlist, a few seats at Tuck opened up and he was admitted.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 07:50
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astrochris wrote:
I agree that there`s a lot of anxiety, but imagine the people who get waitlisted from R1 to May. There were a few dozen last year if I remember correctly no? Now that`s a lot worse!

I agree. However, a counter argument is that these people would obviously have applied to other schools, or will do so in Rd 2. Being waitlisted at HBS is a great indicator of your caliber, so I am sure they would have made it to another top choice eg: Wharton, Kellogg etc. by May. And if HBS finally admits them, I am sure people will be more than happy to forego the $2000 deposit to the other school.

This affected a friend - he got into Indian School of Business, but was waitlisted at Tuck. When HBS released a few people off its waitlist, a few seats at Tuck opened up and he was admitted.


If I am waitlisted till May and admitted I am afraid I would already be in my "Eat Pray Love" tour to discover myself after rejection.. Hmmm now I have to figure the availability of internet in rural Italy...
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 08:09
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astrochris wrote:
I agree that there`s a lot of anxiety, but imagine the people who get waitlisted from R1 to May. There were a few dozen last year if I remember correctly no? Now that`s a lot worse!

I agree. However, a counter argument is that these people would obviously have applied to other schools, or will do so in Rd 2. Being waitlisted at HBS is a great indicator of your caliber, so I am sure they would have made it to another top choice eg: Wharton, Kellogg etc. by May. And if HBS finally admits them, I am sure people will be more than happy to forego the $2000 deposit to the other school.

This affected a friend - he got into Indian School of Business, but was waitlisted at Tuck. When HBS released a few people off its waitlist, a few seats at Tuck opened up and he was admitted.


If I am waitlisted till May and admitted I am afraid I would already be in my "Eat Pray Love" tour to discover myself after rejection.. Hmmm now I have to figure the availability of internet in rural Italy...


Hahaha. Amen
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 08:31
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 08:42
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http://poetsandquants.com/2010/11/04/how-not-to-blow-your-harvard-interview/

HOW NOT TO BLOW YOUR HBS INTERVIEW

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Thanks Sandy - You have a definite client provided I get that elusive invite.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 08:49
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http://poetsandquants.com/2010/11/04/how-not-to-blow-your-harvard-interview/

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Thanks, Sandy. Looking forward to the new article!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 13:40
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taksi wrote:
Today 5 minutes are feeling like 5 hours... Is it just me??


don't worry, this is 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain...



...and 100% reason to remember the name!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 14:01
Almost there guys! Only 18 hours to go!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 14:03
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astrochris wrote:
I agree that there`s a lot of anxiety, but imagine the people who get waitlisted from R1 to May. There were a few dozen last year if I remember correctly no? Now that`s a lot worse!

I agree. However, a counter argument is that these people would obviously have applied to other schools, or will do so in Rd 2. Being waitlisted at HBS is a great indicator of your caliber, so I am sure they would have made it to another top choice eg: Wharton, Kellogg etc. by May. And if HBS finally admits them, I am sure people will be more than happy to forego the $2000 deposit to the other school.

This affected a friend - he got into Indian School of Business, but was waitlisted at Tuck. When HBS released a few people off its waitlist, a few seats at Tuck opened up and he was admitted.


So basically we can expect a cascade effect to ripple across the rankings even late in the game? It`s worth the US$ 2k, but that`s still a lot.
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 14:49
Will only know by 6pm... long day tomorrow ;)

Best of luck to all of you!
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2012, 15:08
So I just got a 20% raise at work. Do I let Harvard (and the other schools that I have already submitted applications for) know? Do I just call the admissions office?
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Re: Harvard 2013 (HBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2012, 02:58
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Will only know by 6pm... long day tomorrow ;)

Best of luck to all of you!


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